News ID: 254812
Published: 0330 GMT June 24, 2019

Iran’s annual handwoven carpet exports generated $238m in one year

Iran’s annual handwoven carpet exports generated $238m in one year

Iran’s handwoven carpet exports fetched the country $238 million in the year ending March 2019.

The historical background of the Persian carpet industry dates back to over 7,000 years, according to

Handwoven carpets have the highest share of Iran’s handicraft exports and are quite popular in international markets.

The Iranian handwoven carpet is the symbol of the country’s art, culture, history and civilization.

Handwoven carpets account for a significant share of Iran’s non-oil exports.

According to figures by Iran National Carpet Center, the weight of Iran’s hand-woven carpet exports in the year ending March 2019 stood at 5,775 tons.

Germany, the US, Italy, France, the UK, Lebanon, the UAE, Kuwait and Japan are among the traditional customers of Iranian hand-woven carpets.

This comes as Chile, China, South Africa, Russia and Brazil are among the new export markets of Iran’s carpets.

The biggest importers of Persian carpets are the US, Germany, Lebanon, the UK, Japan, the UAE, Pakistan, South Africa, Italy and Australia, respectively.

Earlier, the Iranian Minister of Mine, Industry and Trade said to improve the art and industry of weaving carpets in the country, an executive plan is required to be drawn up.

With a population of over 1.41 billion, China, in general, is a very big and potential market.

Earlier, the head of Iran National Carpet Center, Fereshteh Dastpak, said, “We have been ignorant of China’s market. It could be a lucrative target for Iran’s hand-woven carpets.”


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